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Running amuck? Urban swine management in late medieval England
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Agricultural History, ISSN 0002-1482, E-ISSN 1533-8290, Vol. 87, no 4, 429-451 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swine as agricultural products were extremely common in the medieval townscape, but pigs are also notoriously damaging if allowed to run amuck This article explores how local governments tried to regulate pig rearing as an integrated element in urban space, arguing that the authorities attempted to control the movement, feeding, and slaughter of swine as much as possible to circumvent damage to goods, crops, and even people. Urban government and court records from the most populous English urban centers as well as smaller towns from the end of the thirteenth century through the sixteenth century show that swine were not free roamers in towns of the Middle Ages. Because swine were a daily part of urban life, and an integral part of local agricultural production, they required cradle-to-grave controls.

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2013. Vol. 87, no 4, 429-451 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82626DOI: 10.3098/ah.2013.87.4.429ISI: 000325042000001OAI: diva2:662584
Available from: 2013-11-07 Created: 2013-11-05 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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